The VC-Stammtisch year started with the BVK

To kick off the year 2022, we had the pleasure of welcoming Ulrike Hinrichs, managing board member of Bundesverband Deutscher Kapitalbeteiligungsgesellschaften (BVK), on January 25, 2022.

Under the title “Venture Capital in Germany – Trends, Perspectives and Politics” she gave insights into the market sentiment and into recent topics relevant to the industry. We say thank you for this highly exciting presentation and the subsequent discussion!

During the event, Ulrike Hinrichs reported on the record year of VC investments in 2021, which was not only accompanied by a growing number of market participants, but also by a historic peak in market sentiment among VC investors. However, VC investments in Germany are significantly below average in a Europe-wide comparison. One of the BVK’s clear expectations of the new government is therefore to increase the focus of this legislative period on strengthening the German start-up and VC ecosystem.

In addition, Ulrike Hinrichs addressed various measures that might leverage Germany’s currently untapped potential in the area of start-up and VC financing. These range, for example, from advancements of the German “Future Fund” and a concrete implementation of the topics in the coalition agreement to a significantly stronger commitment of politicians. She also discussed with the participants, among other things, the role of the state as an investor in VC financing, the consequences of the current change in ministries, and the impact of the low proportion of German start-up investors in Germany. Finally, Ulrike Hinrichs ended the VC-Stammtisch Düsseldorf with a short but optimistic assessment of the VC market development for the current year 2022.

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If you missed this VC-Stammtisch, you have the opportunity to watch the session here (German).

We hope you will enjoy the event!

Founded in 1999, eCAPITAL is an entrepreneur-led venture capital investor focusing on early- and growth-stage deep-tech companies with a positive impact on society. eCAPITAL is based in Germany and invests with its own funds with a total volume of over € 280 million in the areas of Sustainability, Enterprise Software, Cybersecurity, IoT and New Materials. In addition to financial resources, eCAPITAL offers its portfolio companies strategic support and access to an international network of entrepreneurs, scientists, investors and founders and was lead investor in various deep-tech companies such as sonnen, Novaled or Jedox, which were sold very successfully to international strategists or investors.

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